New Communication Platforms for Emerson!!

Emerson will begin using Talking Points and the new Cheetah Check-In! Parent Newsletter this school year! These will allow for in-the-moment updates and communication between parents, teachers and the school - an essential connection during distance learning!

The Weekly Emerson Cheetah News, in its current form, is retiring!

Families will now receive their Emerson Elementary School + Emerson PTA information, events and more through the new Cheetah Check-In!
  • The Cheetah Check-In! will be sent directly to parents via text + email.
  • All messages can be translated into your preferred language.
  • Parents do not need to opt in. Messages will be sent directly to the contact information on file with the school.
  • Additional family members can request to receive the Cheetah Check-In and Talking Points!
  • The Cheetah Check-In! will be integrated with Talking Points (below).

Please Download the Talking Points for Parents Mobile App. It's Free!
This year Emerson will be using Talking Points for school-wide communication, and communication from teachers.  Please follow the translated instructions below to access this  easy-to-use communication platform. 

School Begins Next Week!!

August 8th: TK/Kinder Meet and Greet 1:00 pm on Zoom. Details below

August 3rd: OUSD Tech Survey Opens. Survey completion is mandatory for all families in need of OUSD supplied technology devices and internet connectivity for online learning. survey link to be announced on 

August 10th: First Day of School. Classes resume with distance learning. 

August 10th: Back to School Kick-Off on Zoom at 8:30 am. details below

August 18th: School Site Council Meeting 5:30-6:30pm on Zoom. All parents are welcome + encouraged to participate! link to be announced

Late School Registration. Please contact Ms. Champion ASAP for assistance with student registration. Online registration only. No paper or in-person registration packets at this time. 
TK and Kindergarten Meet & Greet  - August 8th at 1:00 pm

Calling all Emerson TK and Kindergarten families! Join the amazing TK & Kinder teachers for a Zoom meet and greet. Zoom ID: 897 1455 0301.

August 10th at 8:30 am Back to School Kick-Off on ZOOM!
Zoom ID: 884 4468 8895 - Call-in phone number: +1 669 900 9128

Emerson Family Information and Question Survey
The Emerson Teachers ask ALL families to compete this survey confirming your contact information and voice your questions and your concerns. A teacher will get back to you with information as soon as they can! 

Emerson Spring Distance Learning Feedback Survey
The teachers and Principal Palin would greatly appreciate your feedback on distance learning during the spring trimester. We hope you will complete this survey.
School Site Council (SSC) Meeting
Tuesday, August 18th, 5:30-6:30pm on Zoom (link TBD)

Please consider joining our School Site Council! All families are welcome and encouraged to participate! This is the 1st meeting of the school year. 

The SSC, is a group of teachers, staff, parents, and our principal. We collectively discuss goals as a community + decide on how our school budget is spent. No previous experience or expertise is required. No fundraising or event planning. It’s a great way to get to know more parents, teachers, and staff in our school, and feel like you’re a part of something meaningful.
  • Wondering how kids’ well-being is measured at our school?
  • Wanting to know more about how public school funding works?
  • This is the meeting for you!
We’re especially focused on having more parents of color in the “room,” setting the agenda, this year. Please join or feel free to email our president, Courtney Martin, with any questions:

District News

School Registration - Online Only - 2020/2021

Please Register your New and Returning Students. For assistance with late registration, please contact Emerson's Community Manager, Ms. Champion as soon as possible:, (707) 720-6828.

Technology Update
OUSD's goal is to get a computer, internet access and tech support to every student in the district.  Families will be asked to fill out a technology survey in early August.  Based on need, new devices will be delivered in late August/September.  Read more here.

Planning for Fall 2020
OUSD is currently in the third week of negotiations with teacher + staff unions for distance learning this fall. Please use the following links to read more on this important update. English   Spanish   Chinese   Khmer   Vietnamese   Arabic

OUSD Family Central Page
A new website for OUSD families to find information and resources, with updated support for distance learning, meal distribution, financial assistancehealth clinics and more. Click here for OUSD Family Central.

Subscribe to OUSD News
2020/2021 OUSD Calendar
Emerson Student, Rikkea Emery on
NBC Nighty News Kids Edition July 16th!! 

(Skip ahead to minute 3:50)

Thank you Rikkea for asking such an important question about wearing masks and sharing this information with us. Congratulations on your news spot!!!
New Families - Join the PTA today!
Please click
HERE to join the Emerson PTA online.

Returning Families - It's time to renew your PTA Membership!
Membership dues are $5 and must be renewed each school year.

Please click HERE to renew online.

Online Story Time with Emerson !

Mr. Limata - First Grade Teacher
continues with his story time through the summer!

Anti-Racist Resources from Mr. Limata's Story Time

Support Reading at Home!
The Oakland Public Library is Open for Sidewalk Pickup and Ebooks!!
Art therapy has been shown to help kids process trauma, and this has been our experience at Emerson Elementary.  
Please help the PTA support the continuation of our amazing Art Therapist as a valuable member of our support team at Emerson.

Please share with your individual communities.

The Play Yard and Soft Ball Field at Emerson Elementary is Under Construction
We've received word that the Softball Field Project is progressing on schedule and should be complete by the end of fall! 

Please remember, the Emerson schoolyard is an active construction site and off-limits. Refrain from entering all Emerson Outdoor Spaces during school closure and the Large Play Yard for the duration of construction.

Supporting Emerson Families in Need

If your family is in a position to support Emerson families in need, please consider making a donation below. Currently we are prioritizing support to families that are homeless, are newcomers (and not eligible for unemployment, or stimulus checks), and/or families that have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.  

Click HERE to Make a Donation - To Support Emerson Families in Need.

Next PTA Meetings:
September 10th 5:30 - 7:30pm

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  • Join the Emerson PTA for $5 at the next meeting or click the button below to join online.
  • Dues must be renewed each year. Please click the "Join the PTA" button below to renew now if you have not done so already!
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